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Spotlight shines on home security as Operation Illuminate is switched back on

Posted on 23rd September 2013

A security campaign to help Derbyshire Dales residents protect themselves and their property from burglars switches on this week.

The annual Operation Illuminate drive sees police officers and council staff heading out across the Dales to speak to people about crime prevention.

They will also be offering cut-price security kit including timer switches, garage, shed and driveway alarms and door chimes that alert the homeowner whenever a door is opened.

This year, police will also be offering other crime prevention services such as bicycle and property marking at locations across the Dales.

The campaign – which relaunches on Monday, September 23 – is being led by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which includes the police and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Inspector Rich Booth, who is in charge of policing in the Derbyshire Dales, said: “Our aim, as always, is to protect members of the public from crime and Operation Illuminate is just one of the ways in which we strive to do this.

“Giving people the chance to buy home security items at reduced price means people can take real, effective steps to protect their homes without it costing them too much.

“With the clocks going back in just a few weeks, we want to get ahead and give people the chance to beef up security at their homes before the darker nights set in.”

During their visits to towns and villages across the Derbyshire Dales, police will be giving residents practical crime prevention advice. Tips include:

  • Make sure windows and doors and locked when you leave the house or go to bed;
  • Make sure valuable items such as mobile phones and laptops are not left on display;
  • Remove house and car keys from view of windows and do not leave them in locks overnight;
  • Leave a light on if you are going out after dark.

Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, the leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council and Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, said: “I am delighted to see the return of Operation Illuminate.

“It is a tried and tested campaign – one of many playing a part in maintaining the Derbyshire Dales’ status as one of the safest places to live, work and visit across the UK.”

You can pick up reduced cost home security kit from police stations across the Derbyshire Dales and at selected district council offices. Items will also be available from the mobile police station during visits. Prices start from £1.

To find out more, call your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Derbyshire Dales District Council on 01629 761 100.

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